Andrew Lucas

Andrew LucasAndrew Lucas has been Master of the Music of St Albans Cathedral in Hertfordshire since 1998, after working for seventeen years at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, the last eight years as the Assistant Director of Music.  He has also been the conductor of the St Albans Bach Choir since 1998 and was Artistic Director of the St Albans International Organ Festival from 1999 until the end of 2007, directing four biennial festivals from 2001 to 2007, and their intervening concert series.

At St Albans Cathedral, where he is head of a large and diverse music department which now includes four choirs and a parish orchestra, he has taken the cathedral choir on tour to Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy and most recently, a major tour of the USA in 2006 and France in 2009. The choir has also broadcast frequently on radio and television and made four CD recordings. Andrew was the artistic consultant for the restoration of the Harrison & Harrison organ in the cathedral, which was completed in 2009.

Andrew Lucas was born in Wellington, Shropshire in 1958, was a chorister in his local parish church and went to school in Shrewsbury. In 1976 he moved to London to study organ at the Royal College of Music with John Birch and composition with Herbert Howells.  He graduated with a London University BMus and continued his organ studies after college with Peter Hurford, and then on the W T Best Scholarship from the Worshipful Company of Musicians with Piet Kee at the Sweelinck Conservatoire, Amsterdam.

Andrew has been Director of Music of two London churches whilst also organ student at St Paul's Cathedral from 1981, and a freelance musician including continuo organ and harpsichord with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in the mid-1980s.  In his time at St Paul’s Cathedral he made more than twenty CD recordings for the Hyperion label, accompanying St Paul’s Cathedral Choir. He also made two organ solo recordings there, including one for the Naxos label. More recently a recording in 2010 with St Albans Cathedral Choir for Naxos of John Rutter’s music (Gloria, Magnificat and Te Deum) was in the top 20 of the Gramophone Classical Music Charts in 2011, and another disc on the same label of Mozart’s sacred music (Missæ breves and Regina Cœli) is due for release in March, 2013.

As a solo organist Andrew plays concerts throughout the UK and has given recitals in Norway, Sweden, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, Bermuda and the USA.  In 1997 he spent three months as Acting Organist and Master of the Choristers at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney, Australia.